HED:Journal announces management promotions

Journal Publishing Company recently made several reorganization moves to better serve its customers and Northeast Mississippi, according to Billy Crews, Journal chief executive officer and publisher.

Former managing editor Charlotte Wolfe has been named assistant to the publisher. Chief Financial Officer Tommy Gilreath has been elected to the board of directors of the company.

Former production manager Clay Foster has been promoted to director of operations. A new position, director of marketing, has been established to support the advertising and circulation sales departments led by Richard Crenshaw and Tommy Greene. The marketing position will be filled in the near future, Crews said.

Lloyd Gray continues his role as editor of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and a director. Kelly Cofer, general manager of Community Enterprises, and Rubye Del Harden, general manager of Northeast Mississippi Community Newspapers, lead the two wholly owned subsidiary corporations of the Journal.

"We have a strong organization and strong leadership within our three companies. We were able to reorganize and largely promote from within when several management positions became available," Crews said.

Wolfe's new responsibilities as assistant to the publisher will include day-to-day coordination and support of internal operations. She joined the Journal in January 1986 as a copy editor and has held the positions of copy desk chief, assistant managing editor for production and lifestyle editor.

Before joining the Daily Journal staff, she was managing editor of the Marshall Messenger in Holly Springs, as well as being associated with the South Reporter for 17 years.

She earned a B.A. in music education from Harding University and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Mississippi. She is a member of the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors board of directors, a member of the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra board of directors, a member of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitans, and a member of the Church of Christ.

Gilreath's added responsibility includes leadership of the financial and support service division, along with Controller Mona Mills and Human Resources Director Charles Penson.

Gilreath is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant with more than 18 years of experience as a financial executive in manufacturing and government. He is a frequent speaker at industry meetings and has authored several industry articles.

Gilreath holds a B.S. in accountancy from Mississippi State University and a B.A. in political science from the University of Mississippi. He has done graduate work at the University of Mississippi and the University of Tennessee.

He is a member of International Newspaper Financial Executives and the Tupelo Kiwanis Club. He and his wife, the former Patricia Culver, have three children. They live in Amory.

As director of operations, Foster will lead and support the computer services, production and delivery functions. A production manager will be hired to fill some of Foster's former responsibilities.

Prior to joining Journal Publishing Company in January 1992, Foster worked for three years with Electronic Data Systems as a systems engineer. His first position at the Journal was director of computer services. In 1994, imaging responsibilities were added, and shortly thereafter, he was named production director.

Foster is married to the former Lana Caldwell and they have three children. They are members of Gloster Street Church of Christ in Tupelo. Their home is in Pontotoc County.

In addition, Foster is an S-2 (Intelligence) Officer for the 1-198th Armored Battalion, Mississippi Army National Guard in Amory, a member of the Pontotoc County Chamber of Commerce, a member of Leadership Pontotoc Class of 97, a member of the Southeastern Newspaper Publishers Association Production committee, and a print quality contest judge for SNPA. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics.

All promotions and assignments are effective immediately, Crews said.

Journal Publishing Company publishes the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, the largest Mississippi-owned daily newspaper. The Daily Journal reaches approximately 100,000 adult readers every day in 15 Northeast Mississippi counties.

The Journal's subsidiary corporation, Northeast Mississippi Community Newspapers, owns four weekly newspapers - the Aberdeen Examiner, Amory Advertiser, Itawamba County Times and Pontotoc Progress. It also leases and manages the Baldwyn News.

Community Enterprises is a multifaceted real estate company with 650,000 square feet of industrial start-up and warehouse space in Tupelo. CEI is also engaged in commercial and residential real estate development.

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